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We also see that he has no illusions as to his guilt and his place in how his life has turned out. Whose business is that? I wish it was a play instead.

As a wise man once sang: Who wants to read a book about bums? Francis Phelan is one of those characters in literature that you really should dislike but you can’t help feeling sympathy and compassion for him and his plight.

They spend most of their time trying irohweed find shelter, money, and drink.

Francis “Fran” Phelan is an ex-ballplayer a third baseman for the Washington Senators, my favorite team. The novel is almost picaresque.

Reading group: Ironweed by William Kennedy is our underappreciated book for April

It placed at number ninety-two on the Modern Library list of the Best Novels written in English in the 20th Century and is also included in the Western Canon of ironwwed critic Harold Bloom. Plus, Francis seems to be a good-hearted soul, and I rooted for him to overcome his grief. What does Helen hope to accomplish by staying away from Francis?


It is what it is. Don’t leave them again. How does Francis relate to Jack and Kenjedy When they are drunk, when they are funny, when they are clever, and when they are dying and sad. It is more fierce, but also more forgiving. Some time ago, a man in our area took his little boy deer hunting on a cold winter morning.

I am finally deprogramming from all the University horseshit and I got entangled in this great story. Un personaje que sufre y se lamenta, no por lo que el destino le haya hurtado, sino por no sentirse merecedor de ello. There is a lot about Irish Catholicism in here, though not heavy handed and very fresh, such as Franny imagining his mother during his own conception p.

Sometimes, I think that people in the English profession actually hate books, or at least love to hate them. Review what was going on in the world at that time.

Ironweed by William Kennedy – Reading Guide – : Books

He scrimps enough money to buy a turkey for his estranged family; he shows a few baseball tricks to his niece; he arranges Helen human sleeping conditions before he has any night plans himself. He now spends his days doing as little as possible in order to earn enough to buy himself a jug each night in a futile attempt to rid himself of the voices of ghosts from his past.

Was the author trying to humanize the bum with this obvious revelation? The Response Journal should provide students with a means, first, for recording their ideas, feelings, and concerns, and then for reflecting these thoughts in their writing assignments and class discussions. He’s spent his life running from his problems, but remains likable.


Way to go, butterfingers! No solo he gozado y me he emocionado con todos y cada uno de los ingredientes citados por el autor colombiano, sino que ha conseguido responder a cualesquiera de esas misteriosas e imprescindibles interrogaciones que culminan mi particular lista. On the morning of his arraig Some time ago, a man in our area took his little boy deer hunting on a cold winter morning. It would have meant the anatomizing of his compulsive violence and his fear of justice, of his time with Helen, his present defection from Helen, his screwing so many women he really wanted nothing to do with, his drunken ways, his morning-after sicknesses, his sleeping in the weeds, his borrowing money from strangers not because there was a depression but first to help to Helen but then because it was easy: I think i must be somewhat of a snob however, I just dont enjoy reading about down and outs and people at the end of the road, with no light at the end of the tunnel.

He owns up to it, which is more than we can say for most people. But do not expect reflective catharsis; for every inning there lies in his past a gory brawl sometimes ending with a killing kennexy, a gruesome bender; utter ragged chaos.

Drifting from town to town by hopping trains and with n Treasure of the Rubbermaids